Connecting Globally: A Step-by-Step Guide to Install Skype on Ubuntu


Do you know about skype?

I have heard about skype a long time ago, I use it for video calling chatting friends, who belongs to other countries.

That time whatsapp was not exist so I started to use skype.

You can install skype on windows very easily from app store too. You can install skype on your android device as well.

Skype doesn’t exist on Ubuntu’s repository. So you can’t install skype on ubuntu by running simple command “apt-get install skype”

For Now, question is How to install Skype on Ubuntu 20.04 if doesn’t exist on repository.

Trust me I will explain all available sources and methods for installing Skype on Linux.

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Check if Skype exist on Ubuntu’s repository

Repository is place, where all packages are stored. This is an official repository and maintained by Ubuntu developers.

You can use apt or apt-get command to install package easily on Ubuntu.

It’s writer’s recommendation to update repository before go on any type of work with it.

Following command can be used to update repository

$sudo apt-get update

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for vijay: 
Hit:1 focal InRelease
Hit:2 focal-updates InRelease              
Hit:3 focal-backports InRelease            
Hit:4 stable InRelease                   
Hit:5 focal InRelease       
Get:6 focal-security InRelease [107 kB]      
Hit:7 focal InRelease                         
Get:8 focal-security/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [16.6 kB]
Get:9 focal-security/universe amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [208 B]
Err:10 stable InRelease                             
  504  Gateway Time-out [IP: 2a02:26f0:60:89d::1263 443]
Fetched 124 kB in 27s (4,639 B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
W: Failed to fetch  504  Gateway Time-out [IP: 2a02:26f0:60:89d::1263 443]
W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

You have updated your latest packages list. Now you can check if Skype exist on repository or not.

Here are two methods to check existing package on repository.

First Method: Use search option followed by package name with apt-get command. the syntax will be as below:

$sudo apt-get search skype

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo apt-cache search skype
libopus-dev - Opus codec library development files
libopus0 - Opus codec runtime library
hashcat - World's fastest and most advanced password recovery utility
libopus-ocaml - OCaml interface to the opus library -- runtime files
libopus-ocaml-dev - OCaml interface to the opus library -- development files
pidgin-sipe - Pidgin plugin for Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync
toxic - curses Tox based instant messenging client
skypeforlinux - Skype keeps the world talking, for free.

If you don’t see the package in search result, it means package doesn’t exist.

Method 2: Try to install package: When you try to install package, If the package doesn;t exit on the repository, it will not be installed and show the result something as below:

$sudo apt-get install skype

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo apt-get install skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done

No apt package "skype", but there is a snap with that name.
Try "snap install skype"

E: Unable to locate package skype

Have a look at the end of the above result, “Unable to locate package skype”

You can figure out after see this result, skype package doesn’t exist on the repository.

But I got one clue in the above result. It is “No apt package “skype”, but there is a snap with that name. Try “snap install skype”

So, No I should try snap install skype.

Let’s see what happened

snap command to Install skype on ubuntu

Snap is a store contains thousands of snaps (software/package), used by millions of people across 41 Linux distributions.

You can consider Ubuntu one of 42 Linux OS.

If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or later, including Ubuntu 18.04, 19.10 and Ubuntu 20.04 you don’t need to do anything. Snap is already installed and ready to go.

Finally you are using Ubuntu 20.04 then your system is ready to install package from snap store.

You can use following command to check package available on snap or no

$sudo snap find skype

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo snap find skype
[sudo] password for vijay: 
Name                    Version                 Publisher       Notes    Summary
skype                        skype*          classic  One Skype for all your devices. New features. New look. All Skype.
audio-recorder          3.0.5+rev1432+pkg-7b07  brlin           -        A free audio-recorder for Linux (EXTREMELY BUGGY)
guvcview                2.0.6+pkg-f796          brlin           -        A simple v4l2 full-featured video grabber
spreedme                0.29.5snap1             nextcloud*      -        Spreed.ME audio/video calls and conferences feature for the Nextcloud Snap
ramboxpro               1.3.1                   ramboxapp*      -        Rambox Pro
discord-yamiyukisenpai  0.0.9                   yamiyukisenpai  -        Free voice and text chat

You can see in the above result that skype is available on snap store. Thats a good news for you.

You will get all the details of package including name,version,publisher and notes. Notes is important.

You find skype on Snap store, now you can install by using snap command followed by install option.

I used following command to install skype on ubuntu 20.04

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo snap install skype --classic
skype from Skype* installed

Int above example Skype has been installed successfully. It will take some time so don’t worry about it.

I have used –classic at the end of command it means this package note is classic.

If you don’t want to use on your ubuntu system and looking for removing it.

You can following command to remove skype from ubuntu 20.04. It s good for you but not for skype owner.

By the way, It is upto you. do you want remove or not.

$sudo snap remove skype

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo snap remove skype
[sudo] password for vijay: 
skype removed

Install skype on ubuntu from official website

Most of companies are developing software for ubuntu, because ubuntu is one of the most used linux operating system woldwide.

If company doesn’t developing software for Ubuntu they are loosing costumers/users.

As you know, I can only install .deb files on ubuntu. You can check my another article how to install .deb files on Ubuntu.

I will follow two steps.

STEP 1: Download Skype deb file from its official website.

You can search on google and find appropriate website and download if.

Otherwise Go on this link and download the .deb file of skype. Keep in mind files should be with .deb extension.

Go to the given link and select “Get Skype for Linux DEB” and save the file in Downloads folder.

Step 2: Install skype on Ubuntu:-

You have downloaded, now move to the next proces.

You can use the following command to install it.

$sudo dpkg -i /path/to/downloadskype.deb

In mine case following command is perfect.

$sudo dpkg -i /home/vijay/Downloads/skypeforlinux-64.deb

vijay@Ubuntu-20:~$sudo dpkg -i /home/vijay/Downloads/skypeforlinux-64.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package skypeforlinux.
(Reading database ... 151725 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../Downloads/skypeforlinux-64.deb ...
Unpacking skypeforlinux ( ...
Setting up skypeforlinux ( ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...

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